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Alberto Mingardi: June 2013

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Ken Minogue, RIP

moral reasoning
Alberto Mingardi
Though he was used to dine with friends every Sunday, once Adam Smith "retired to bed before supper; and, as he went away, took leave of his friends by saying 'I believe we must adjourn this meeting to some other... MORE

What is a 'fiscal union'?

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
The other day I attended a conference on the euro-crisis, and I questioned two of the speakers on what they meant for "fiscal union." Sometimes, words become cozy, people use them rather liberally as they become fashionable, but we lose... MORE

Is television the new agriculture? Upon strong pressure on the part of the French, the "audiovisual" industry will be kept out of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations. Simon Kuper had an interesting article on the FT, providing... MORE

Dambisa Moyo and the conquest of the US by China

Trade Barriers
Alberto Mingardi
Is the Chinese blend of capitalism, communism, and mercantilism an alternative to Western "democratic capitalism"? Author and economist Dambisa Moyo argues so in a recent TED talk, suggesting that Western countries (which means, first and foremost, the United States) need... MORE

How do you say "Austerity for Liberty" in Greek?

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
In one of his most thought-provoking posts ever, Bryan Caplan argued that Instead of pushing for "constructive" free market reforms, libertarians should doggedly focus on austerity: opposing spending increases, and pushing spending cuts. (...) If libertarians have any political success,... MORE

One way or another, the supply of taxis is regulated in most places. In some countries, governments raise barriers to entry and get into fixing prices, awarding licenses only to individual drivers. In others, cab companies are allowed to operate... MORE

What has (Local) Government Done to Our Ice Cream?

Property Rights
Alberto Mingardi
To paraphrase Einstein, two things are infinite: the universe and the creativity of politicians. My own country, Italy, offers plenty of examples of such a creativity. Let me just point to a recent one. Together with pizza and spaghetti, "gelato"... MORE

Feeling Good About Solar Panels

International Trade
Alberto Mingardi
War is the health of the state, said Randolph Bourne. What then about trade war? The European Union is imposing tariffs on solar panels imported from China, as Chinese manufacturers are accused of dumping and EU producers are "suffering badly",... MORE

Shall Europeans elect their President?

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
There is a certain consensus, among the European ruling classes, that the EU's next step should coincide with the democratic election of its number one official. However, interviewed by Der Spiegel, Mrs Merkel recently declared that she would be... MORE

Does liberty require polymaths?

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Alberto Mingardi
In the epilogue to his The System of Liberty: Themes in Classical Liberalism--an excellent book that anybody seriously interested in classical liberal ideas should read and ponder--George H Smith takes a snapshot of the very different reasons to which we... MORE

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